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Association for Environmental & Outdoor education


AEOE strengthens environmental education in California by connecting providers, building professional expertise, and championing environmental literacy and outdoor learning.

AEOE Programs & events

AEOE offers a range of opportunities for members of our community to connect, network, increase their skills, and grow professionally. Learn more or register for an upcoming event below. 

CONFERENCES

AEOE hosts three conferences each year, two fall regional conferences in northern and southern California, and the spring statewide. AEOE's conferences offer opportunities for networking, professional development, and connection. 

CONFERENCES

AWARDS

AEOE recognizes and celebrates the achievement of individuals and organizations across the state who work to advance the impact of environmental and outdoor education through our annual awards. 

AWARDS

CERTIFICATION

Want to increase your knowledge and skills, expand your professional network, enhance your resume, and make important connections across the state? Get certified through the Environmental Educator Certification Program (EECP)!

CERTIFICATION

WORKSHOPS

AEOE offers online workshops on a range of topics, from sustainable teaching tips to early childhood education, social & emotional learning to outdoor instruction. See what's available in the calendar below. 


Programs & Events calendar

    • May 01, 2024
    • June 30, 2024
    • N/A
    Register

    The Environmental Educator Certification Program (EECP) runs August 2024 through June 2025. Program graduates will achieve certification and have the option of purchasing nine Graduate Units through University of San Diego (paid separately). The Program is designed for educators with a minimum of two years of teaching experience. Learn more about the program here. Please read through the website thoroughly before applying; we also strongly suggest that you attend an informational session. Paying this nonrefundable application fee does not guarantee you a spot in the program; in addition to paying the fee you must demonstrate readiness by completing this application form

    • May 28, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    Using Sit Spots and your Senses to Connect with Nature

    TUES, May 28 – 4pm Pacific

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    With Educator, Author and Consultant Lauren MacLean Join us for an interactive workshop that delves into the world of sit spots and sensory wakeups and their significance in fostering a deeper connection with nature. Designed around the book “Me and My Sit Spot,” this engaging session will equip educators and nature enthusiasts with practical approaches to introduce and incorporate sit spots into their outdoor learning. Through the sit spot routine, we will also investigate how we can develop observational skills, mindfulness, reflection, and overall well-being. 

    Presenter Lauren MacLean is a elementary school teacher, outdoor learning consultant and accomplished author, with her children's picture books "Me and My Sit Spot", "Me and My Sit Spot for Early Learners" and "Moi et Mon Coin nature Où J’aime M’asseoir, captivating young readers with its enchanting story of how important it is to spend quality time in nature. She serves as the host of the popular Teach Outdoors podcast, where she shares strategies for bringing the classroom into the great outdoors as well as interviews other inspiring educators who are passionate to discuss their outdoor classroom experiences. Lauren's passion for nature exploration shines through, inspiring both children and adults alike to appreciate and learn from the natural world.

    Settle in to your own sit spot to read:

    Offered in partnership by The Outdoor Learning Store and Outdoor Learning Partners:

    • Registration is FREE and there will be plenty of draw prizes for attendees!
    • All registrants will receive a discount code to access outdoor learning resources when they register
    • For those who can’t attend live these will each be recorded and posted on the Outdoor Learning Store's Recordings Page
    • Following the workshop, participants will receive a link to access a Certificate of Attendance
    • May 28, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Online

    Risk Management and Compliance

    What you need to know to protect your organization and staff as well as keep your program participants safe.

    Part of the free webinar series:

    Building a Strong and Resilient Organization

    A Webinar Series for CBP Program Leaders - Spring 2024

    Join the California Environmental Literacy Initiative’s Community-Based Partner Innovation Hub and AEOE in an online webinar series for Program Leaders of organizations that work to advance environmental literacy. Learn valuable tips and strategies that will help your organization grow and thrive.

    * Presentation will be recorded and shared with all registered participants. 
    • June 04, 2024
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
    Register

    Inclusion of Gender Minority Participants in Environmental Education

    Description: Gender minority students, such as transgender and non-binary students, are often excluded from education settings. This workshop will explore data collected on the barriers to inclusion in environmental education settings and how to remedy the issues caused by these barriers. This training will have content for both educators and program managers, so no matter your role in environmental education, this training is for everyone.

    Presenter bio: Mattie Forte-Goldman (xe/they) is a non-binary environmental educator at the Youth Science Institute, a graduate student at Project Dragonfly at Miami University, and a New Leadership Council Fellow (NLC) in the Silicon Valley Chapter. Mattie has previously published in Canopy LGBTQIA+ Folxs Need a Voice in the Protection of Our Planet – What is Stifling Our Voices? regarding a call for participants in a research project xe will share findings from. 

    Note: the presentation portion of the webinar will be recorded and shared with all registered participants. 

    • June 11, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Are you interested in becoming certified as an environmental educator? Want to strengthen your resume, increase your skills, and make valuable professional connections across the state? Consider applying to California's Environmental Educator Certification Program (EECP)! Join our info session to hear an overview of the program. Be sure to bring your questions!

    Zoom link to be shared one week prior to the session. 

Past events

May 21, 2024 Recursos en español para aprender al aire libre
May 15, 2024 Environmental Educator Certification Program Info Session
May 04, 2024 Resource Fair @ Statewide Conference 2024
May 04, 2024 Statewide Conference 2024 - Saturday only
May 03, 2024 Statewide Conference 2024 - Full weekend without lodging
May 03, 2024 Statewide Conference 2024 - Full weekend with lodging
April 30, 2024 Developing a Sense of Place by Sparking Curiosity and Wonder
April 23, 2024 Invasive Species Education and Action
April 23, 2024 EE Program Leader Webinar: Grant Funding
April 16, 2024 The Wonders of Water: Practical Ideas and Resources for Educators
April 10, 2024 Environmental Educator Certification Program Info Session
March 26, 2024 EE Program Leader Webinar: Partnerships
February 27, 2024 Enhancing Climate Change Education Through Active Learning
February 20, 2024 Stories in the Wild: Animal Tracks & Traces
February 15, 2024 eeCourse: Universal Design for Learning in Environmental Education
February 06, 2024 Indigenous Resources for Outdoor Learning
February 03, 2024 Program Leaders' Annual Retreat - Saturday night
February 03, 2024 Program Leaders' Annual Retreat - No Lodging
February 02, 2024 Program Leaders' Annual Retreat - Friday & Saturday night
January 23, 2024 Outdoor Learning Astronomy
January 16, 2024 Managing Eco-Anxiety through Outdoor Learning
December 06, 2023 Virtual Environmental Education Career Fair
November 14, 2023 Building Capacity for Outdoor Learning: Introducing a Digital Tool for Success
November 01, 2023 eeCourse: Universal Design for Learning in Environmental Education
October 24, 2023 Online Workshop: Tick Talk
October 17, 2023 Connecting Children to Nature through Indigenous Teachings
October 15, 2023 Statewide Convening: Celebrating Our Community
October 15, 2023 Fall 2023 Regional Meet-up: Bay Area
October 15, 2023 Fall 2023 Regional Meet-up: Orange County
October 15, 2023 Fall 2023 Regional Meet-up: San Diego County
October 15, 2023 Fall 2023 Regional Meet-up: North Coast
October 15, 2023 Fall 2023 Regional Meet-up: Central Valley
October 15, 2023 Fall 2023 Regional Meet-up: Sierra Foothills
October 03, 2023 Outdoor Learning through Patterns in Nature
September 26, 2023 Wild Learning: Practical Ideas to Bring Teaching Outdoors
September 19, 2023 Naturally Inclusive: Engaging Children of All Abilities Outdoors
July 05, 2023 eeCourse: Universal Design for Learning in Environmental Education
July 01, 2023 EECP 2023-2024 Enrollment
June 30, 2023 Best Practices for Climate Change Education Webinar
June 13, 2023 Animating Outdoor Learning Using Finger Puppets
June 06, 2023 Walking Together: Two-Eyed Seeing
June 01, 2023 EECP Info Session #2
May 30, 2023 How to Teach Nature Journaling: Curiosity, Wonder, Attention
May 25, 2023 A Discussion on Equitable Approaches to Quality Jobs & Living Wages in EE
May 23, 2023 Race and Nature for Educators
May 23, 2023 EECP Info Session #1
May 16, 2023 Resources for World Oceans Day
May 06, 2023 Resource Fair @ Statewide Conference 2023
May 06, 2023 Statewide Conference 2023 - Saturday only
May 05, 2023 Statewide Conference 2023 - Full weekend with lodging
May 05, 2023 Statewide Conference 2023 - Full weekend w/out lodging
May 03, 2023 EECP 2023-2024 Application
April 27, 2023 EE & Community Engagement
April 25, 2023 Nature Activities for Year-round Learning
April 18, 2023 Taking a Closer Look: Investigations in Nature
April 11, 2023 Resources for Earth Month
March 07, 2023 School Gardening: Teaching Tools & Resources
February 28, 2023 A People’s Curriculum for the Earth
February 21, 2023 Green Ummah & The Great Outdoors
February 17, 2023 Announcing the Next Great Workshop - YOURS!
February 13, 2023 Supporting LGBTQIA2S+ Students in EE
February 08, 2023 Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults
February 07, 2023 Taking Math Outdoors: Practical Ideas & Examples
January 31, 2023 Climate Change & Sustainability Education Resources
January 25, 2023 Environmental Justice and the Future of EE
January 24, 2023 Dirty Teaching: A Beginners Guide to Learning Outdoors
November 29, 2022 Accessibility in Outdoor Learning
November 15, 2022 Teaching Green in the Elementary Years
November 12, 2022 Program Leaders Annual Retreat
November 06, 2022 Fall Virtual Celebration
November 06, 2022 Fall 2022 Regional Meet-up: Inland Empire
November 06, 2022 Fall 2022 Regional Meet-up: Central Coast
November 06, 2022 Fall 2022 Regional Meet-up: Sierra Foothills
November 06, 2022 Fall 2022 Regional Meet-up: San Diego County
November 06, 2022 Fall 2022 Regional Meet-up: Bay Area
November 06, 2022 Fall 2022 Regional Meet-up: Los Angeles
October 04, 2022 2022 Environmental & Outdoor Education Virtual Job Fair
October 04, 2022 Nature Connection: Sensory Activities for All Ages
September 27, 2022 Animals Care for Mother Earth: An Indigenous Teaching Resource for Personal Development
September 20, 2022 Life Underground: Student Soil Exploration Resources & Activities
September 13, 2022 Classrooms to Communities: The Best Resources for Outdoor Learning
July 01, 2022 EECP 2022-2023 Enrollment
June 07, 2022 EECP Info Session
May 26, 2022 EECP Info Session
May 15, 2022 EECP 2022-2023 Application
May 14, 2022 Networking/Career Fair @ Spring Statewide Conference
May 13, 2022 Spring Statewide Conference 2022
April 19, 2022 Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Students in EE
March 21, 2022 UDL in EE Pilot
February 08, 2022 Program Leaders Open Space
January 31, 2022 EECP Extension 2021-2022
November 21, 2021 Fall Statewide Virtual Celebration
November 21, 2021 Fall Regional Meet-up: Newport Beach (Orange County)
November 21, 2021 Fall Regional Meet-up: Oakland
November 21, 2021 Fall Regional Meet-up: San Diego County
November 21, 2021 Fall Regional Meet-up: Dobbins (Tahoe)
November 13, 2021 Program Leaders Retreat
September 30, 2021 Environmental & Outdoor Education Virtual Job Fair
September 14, 2021 Program Leaders Open Space
July 01, 2021 EECP 2021-2022 Enrollment
May 27, 2021 EECP Info Session
May 20, 2021 EECP Info Session
May 17, 2021 Statewide Spring Conference 2021 - Recordings Only
May 15, 2021 EECP 2021-2022 Application
May 14, 2021 Statewide Spring Conference 2021
April 29, 2021 Assessing Connecting to Nature
April 01, 2021 EECP Extension
March 30, 2021 Outdoor Learning Panel
March 16, 2021 Teaching to Outcomes
February 25, 2021 Open Space Conversations
December 12, 2020 Open Space Community Chat & Virtual Happy Hour Campfire
December 05, 2020 Inspiring Green Behavior Change with Remote Learning Activities
November 21, 2020 Early Childhood Education in the Outdoors
October 24, 2020 Mental Health - Pandemic Trauma Training for Educators
September 26, 2020 SEL Training for Practitioners
September 26, 2020 Fall Workshop Series
August 26, 2020 EECP 2020-2021 Enrollment
July 16, 2020 EECP 2020-2021 Application
May 29, 2020 AEOE Statewide Virtual Conference 2020
February 23, 2020 Thriving in the Outdoors: Social and Emotional Learning in Nature
January 20, 2020 EOSM Spring 2020 Southern Meeting
January 13, 2020 EOSM Spring 2020 Northern Meeting
November 15, 2019 AEOE Southern Section Fall Conference 2019
November 01, 2019 AEOE Northern Section Fall Conference 2019

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